DADDY, THE HERO
Men, do we truly understand the elevated position we hold in the beautiful minds of our kids? I mean do we really understand the importance of our role in their lives? Do we understand the impact our legacy will have on them? Are we giving our best to our children? What are we doing today that ensures we raise up the next generation with the guiding hand of God?
Last summer, on a beautiful Sunday morning, my family and I were headed into church. We had just parked the truck, and my wife was wrestling around in the back with the car seat in hopes of freeing our youngest daughter. My oldest daughter and I had already stepped out of the truck and were standing in the parking lot patiently waiting. As we stood there, my daughter looked up at me with outstretched arms, hoping I would respond by picking her up. Of course, I reached down and picked her up. As she wrapped her arms around me she said, “Daddy, you’re my hero.”
At this point, I became a little teary-eyed and responded with, “Thank you baby. I love you so much.”
Guys, if you have kids, you have been blessed beyond belief and this blessing should never be taken for granted. This blessing comes with a great responsibility and you’re going to be challenged. With that said, this blessing and challenge must be accepted, and we must be prepared and continue to prepare ourselves for the most important job we’ve been given in life. What we do today leaves a legacy for ourselves, for our children, and for our children’s children. Our children are not our own. They are, first and foremost, God’s – born in His image and deeply loved by Him. Just like you, they have been given life for a reason and purpose. If God has given you children, He expects big things from you. Future generations count on the decisions you make today.
We are their strength when they don’t have it. We are their guides in a world that is trying to pull and stretch them in directions that can and will easily destroy them. We are the love of their lives. We are their nurturers, providers, and comforters. We must stand strong at the threshold of their being and be prepared to fight with great endurance and determination. We are here to serve them and give them the best chance they can get of succeeding in this big, scary world. We are their protectors – their defenders.
I remember the day I was driving away from a job I had held for 10 years. I was leaving a program that I had built and gave my all to. As I jumped in my truck to drive away, I remember looking in the rearview mirror and said to myself, “Wow! Look at that! It’s not burning down without me after all.”
You see? Organizations will always go on without us. Organizations will always forget us. But our family won’t. They need us more than we can ever imagine.
We live in a world that is pulling us in all kinds of directions. We have our jobs. And yes, without them we could not provide, but that is not a reason to spend 15 hours a day working and forgetting the needs of our kids. We must stand by them; show them we care; show them that they are important to us; show them that we love them and will stand in anyone’s way that would otherwise hurt them.
Even after a long day of work and the energy is drained out of us, we have a calling – a calling of upmost importance.
We are DADS!!!
“Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.”
“One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”